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Nizar Aswed

PhD Candidate

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Nizar Aswed is a PhD Candidate in the Department of War Studies. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) London, and an LLB from University College London (UCL). His past research focused on international law, humanitarian law and international sanctions. His current research centres on WMD history, non-proliferation and arms control. His PhD thesis focuses on deconstructing Libya’s WMD programme, abandonment, and the resulting ‘Libya model’. His research interests include global security, WMD proliferation, arms control, disarmament, intelligence, state-building and diplomacy. Nizar comes to the War Studies department with many years of commercial experience and a career in international business and project development.


Research Interests

  • Nuclear History
  • Global Security
  • Intelligence History
  • Arms control & Disarmament
  • State-building & Diplomacy - Libya



Deconstructing Libya’s WMD programmes, abandonment, and defining the resulting ‘Libya model’. Assessing the ‘Libya model’ and its contribution to debates surrounding intelligence and nonproliferation.